Parker Lewis Can't Lose

Parker Lewis Can't Lose

Season Three cast of Parker Lewis Can't Lose
Also known as ''Parker Lewis''
Genre Teen sitcom
Created by Clyde Phillips
Lon Diamond
Starring Corin Nemec
Troy Slaten
Billy Jayne
Melanie Chartoff
Taj Johnson
Abraham Benrubi
Maia Brewton
John Pinette
Composer(s) Dennis McCarthy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 73 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Clyde Phillips
Producer(s) Alan Cross
Russell Marcus
Larry Phillips
Larry Shaw
Bryan Spicer
John Ziffren
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Clyde Phillips Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original network Fox
Original release September 2, 1990 (1990-09-02) – June 13, 1993 (1993-06-13)

Parker Lewis Can't Lose is an American teen sitcom that originally aired on FOX from September 1990 to June 1993. During the last season, the series sported the simpler title Parker Lewis. The series was produced by Columbia Pictures Television and was strongly influenced by the feature film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In competition, NBC debuted the film's TV spinoff Ferris Bueller, but it only lasted 13 episodes, even though it aired during the same month as Parker Lewis.


Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 26 September 2, 1990 May 19, 1991
2 25 August 11, 1991 May 17, 1992
3 22 July 16, 1992 June 13, 1993

The series depicts the tribulations of the title character Parker Lewis, a Santo Domingo High School student, for whom nothing is impossible. Parker often narrates in shows. Just like his best friends Jerry Steiner and Mikey Randall and Parker's girlfriend Annie Sloan, his prime concern is achieving and maintaining coolness.

However, their efforts are often thwarted by Parker's little sister Shelly and principal Grace Musso. Apart from various aspects of teenage life, embedded in a surreal, living-cartoon-like quality and the clever camera angles and filming techniques (dissolves from one scene to the next were done by ever larger pixels), an episode regularly contains more or less subtle references to movies, politics, and celebrities. The surrealism was toned down in the series' final season, with even Parker acknowledging this fact by breaking the 4th wall and 'canceling' a dissolving pixel scene. The 3,100 students at Santo Domingo High School are called Flamingos, after their school mascot.

Cast and characters

Main characters

Recurring characters

Syndication and DVD releases

The show premiered in syndication on September 14, 1993 on the USA Network.[1] As of February 2009, minisodes are available on Crackle. In late 2015 the show is airing in syndication on the Family Network on Saturday mornings.

On June 30, 2009, Shout! Factory released the complete first season of Parker Lewis Can't Lose on DVD in Region 1.[2] The 4-DVD set includes special features including exclusive interviews with the cast, crew, and creators. Although the cast and crew discuss both Melanie Chartoff and her character, Grace Musso, Chartoff herself does not appear in any of the supplementary materials. Shout! Factory released Season 2 on January 26, 2010.[3] Supplementary materials were fewer, and Chartoff also declined to participate. Shout! has said that they currently have no plans to release the final season on DVD in the US, citing the expense of music clearances and the disappointing sales of the second season. However, season 3 was released for the German market in April 2011 by German company Turbine Medien.

A German market Blu-Ray was released in 2015, but the show is not presented in HD, but rather in SD resolution.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 26 June 30, 2009
The Complete Second Season 25 January 26, 2010

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1991 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Series Maia Brewton
Best Young Actor Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV Series Troy W. Slaten
Best New Family Television Comedy Series
1992 Nominated Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Maia Brewton
Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series Corin Nemec
1993 Nominated Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series Corin Nemec
Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series Maia Brewton
Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series Troy W. Slaten

Internet support

Further information: History of the internet

Parker Lewis was one of the first shows with fan support on the Internet. It was done through an email list called The Flamingo Digest.[4] Several people from the list were invited to the set.[5]


Several sitcoms that debuted in the beginning of the 21st century—such as Malcolm in the Middle, Ally McBeal, and Scrubs—were strongly influenced by Parker Lewis Can't Lose.[6]

Fall Out Boy released a song called "Parker Lewis Can't Lose (But I'm Going To Give It My Best Shot)" on their album Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend.

On SWV's 1992 debut album It's About Time, there is a song called "Blak Puddin'" which includes the line "Parker Lewis can't Lose in Santa Domingo."



  1. "USA buys 'Facts,' 'Parker,' films. (USA Network; Columbia Pictures Television's shows 'Facts of Life' and 'Parker Lewis')". Multichannel News. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  2. Lambert, David (2009-02-16). "Parker Lewis Can't Lose Release Date, etc". Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  4. "Publicly Accessible Mailing Lists". December 18, 1993. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  5. Troy Slaten (actor), Timothy Stack (actor). Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Season 1, Disc 2, Deja Dudes (commentary track) (DVD). Shout! Factory. Event occurs at 7:10.
  6. Justin (March 29, 2002). "Spawn of the Screen: Ferris Bueller's Day Off". Mutant Reviewers from Hell. Retrieved July 1, 2012.

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